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Daily Prompt: Sink or Swim

Tell us about a time when you were left on your own, to fend for yourself in an overwhelming situation — on the job, at home, at school. What was the outcome?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us PERSEVERANCE.

No one would believe… “I” would have to fend for myself…

“feel left alone”…

“have an overwhelming situation”…

Shyness can be so debilitating…

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taking away self-esteem

likeness for self…

brings on sadness…tow0006

at time loneliness…

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You feel you are in a battle all of the time…

You want to belong… looking on from the edge…

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No one can help you… you are struggling with this fight inside you …rca0017

Wanting to win… wanting to free yourself…

Everything seems so overwhelming…

Crowds of people… laughing …”At me?”, I wonder…

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People achieving… “I know I can do better!”, I say inside…

Having so much fun… “I like to do things… I can be funny and laugh”…

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Others being asked to participate… “Just ask me!… I want to!”…

I do persevere!

I am strong!

I am determined!

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As one being shyI observe a lot!…

I come to see that we are all the same…

people are just people…

having problems…

having difficulties…

having happiness…

having successes…

having failures…

having bad luck…

having joy…

I begin to see that “I” am an important human being…

a person God created just like everyone else…

I start to change…k6222670

I open my mouth… and find people listen to me…

I volunteer…

I make suggestions…

I laugh and make the joke…

I do the asking…

I make myself aware of how others are looking and feeling…

They like me for who I am…

My shyness…. gets shifted to the background… and I step forward as me! 

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My Lifetime Dream/Goal Reached! (Sunday Grateful) 7-4-13

I’ve had to pinch myself a few times!

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Ask myself, “Did I really get that phone call?”…

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Talk about it… so that I know it’s for real..

Keep thinking about it and smilingk6688524

Saying “Thank You” hundreds of times to my Lordk9513818

You see… I finally got the job I’ve wanted ever since I was a little girl

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My dream…

My hope…

My talent put to use…

and just perfectly fits my life at this time…

God is good!… and when the time is rightprayers are indeed answered

I have to give praise for this wonderful happening that has been given mek0266791

I had taken a painting class about two months ago… and while there… I happened to ask the owners, “Do you need someone to teach the painting classes?”…

and they said, “As a matter of fact we will need someone!… in a month or two when we move to a larger location”…

What was so surprising… they were quite impressed with my “natural” talent… and took my phone numbercha0005

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Painting class I took with daughter-in-law…

The new location was only a store over from their immediate shop… so the location was ideal for me… less than 15 minutes away from my home…

I was elated!…k6437384 that they seemed interested

and this past week the owner called and wanted to now if I was still interested…

YES!… I wanted to shout!… Yes, indeed!

I bet I was grinning from ear to ear!…k7098880

She wanted me to come in for a class and just paint again along with the customers that had signed up… taking some mental notes as to how they did things…

I had been one other time for a class with a friend of mine… so I was learning their ways already… and liked what I saw…

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We painted a Lake Scene… and I talked to all of the customers just to get a feel of what that would be like…

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I love that part of course!… I love people… listening to them… and connecting…

I do think I have a natural teaching ability too…

I’ve never had the opportunity for college… but, the jobs that I have had… have prepared me well…

This company will also be opening a new shop in Elizabethtown, KY… not too far from Louisville… So, I feel I am getting in on the ground floor as to speak…

( There was a movie calledElizabethtown out a few years back… filmed in this small town)

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The company called KOCH and CO. … have become busier since I first painted with my daughter-in-law over two months ago…

That’s a good thing for sure!

So it will be part-time… Money is good k9179637… will have a helper and all I have to do is teach the class…

How awesome is that! … BLD067144

I will have a couple of practice class sessions to begin with… being critiqued as to where I might need some help…

but, then will be on my own

My goal / dream k8377680being reached in my lifetime…

How blessed I feel!  k1589151

We Did Alright!

Memory…

It’s nice to be missed … and thought about…

I ran into an old friend from our “first house” neighborhood… Seems so long ago…

Bobby had come home from Vietnam We rented a little apartment and I do mean little… We loved it!… It was just us… getting together a few hand me downs to furnish it with… finding a job for Bobby… wasn’t easy after coming home from the service… but, he did… I was working at the telephone company … We did alright…

We then decided we needed a bigger place… another apartment… much bigger … It was fine… decorated a little… had people come over to eat…We did alright…

We then decided we wanted to buy a house… Isn’t that what you do… Get married …buy a house … have kids … work… throw a little fun time in there…

So we did… and… We did alright…

We looked with a realtor… at quite a few homes… We decided on one in an older neighborhood with woods behind it… Friendly people… big enough for the baby we were expecting… Fixing it up was so fun… and to be the owners of a home was a big step… having a mortgage  was a really big step… and… we did alright…

We had our first-born son and then another son … and we lived in this “first house” for 16 years… We did alright…

We made many friends in this family oriented neighborhood … a mixture of young adults like us … sprinkled with a few older neighbors  and lots of children running the streets … We lived where there was just one entrance in and out… that ran over a creek… and as I said before… our street was on the last row and backed up to woods…

We made friends next door… across the street… up the street… around the corner… and on the main road… You could say… we knew most of the people in this neighborhood  …

We spent a lot of time outside… watching after our kids as they grew and played together…We went swimming together… strawberry picking  together… walked to the little store about a 1/2 mile down the road… played in the snow and rode on sleds together … rode bikes  together… sat and talked at each others kitchen tables … looked out for each other’s kids… shared a cup of sugar or flour… Gave each other homemade gifts for Christmas… watched each other’s pets  when we went on vacation…

We were not only “friends” but, pretty much close as family… We did alright…

We moved finally… We weren’t the first or the last… there are a few still there… and I ran into one of these friends as I said today… Immediately we hugged and kissed… No time lost in getting into a conversation  of kids… grandkids…relationships… things of the heart … Because that is the way we were… “close!”like family and as we stood in the aisle of the store… blocking people with grocery carts… and not really caring… because we were back at our kitchen tables talking and pouring out our problems and joys

I came home feeling quite blessed… after being told I was so missed  even after all of these years… and how my friend wished I had not moved from across the street

And what’s really neat… is that I feel the same way about her… Makes my heart feel so full Happy… Content… Grateful… Thankful … for that little “first house” that we had made a “home”… We did alright!

45+ Years of Friendship…

We were friends during High School… and have remained friends through long distance phone calls… Facebook… word of mouth…e mail…

Of course we’ve all changed… We graduated 45 years ago!… 1967 to be exact… and our 45th Class Reunion is coming up in October…

We’ve all married… and we all are still married to the same guys… We figured that was one for the record books!… We all have children… Peggy has a son… Leslie has two daughters and a son… Dorothy has two sons… Georgia has a son and I have two sons…We seem to dominate with boy offspring … That’s another common trait we share.

We have a mixture of grandchildren… pretty close in age with a few younger… and we all are so proud!

We met yesterday at Mike Linnig’s…

  

A seafood restaurant that’s down by the Ohio River in the southern part of Louisville… It was there when we were youngsters and Georgia thought it a good place for us to meet… and it was!… They have outside concrete tables under big ol’ trees …                                           Small wood screen houses if you prefer…                                                                                                                        … a larger meeting building for bigger groups… and of course the restaurant…

This is where we opted to sit… more like a sun room with air conditioning… We hit about 104 degrees yesterday in Louisville … So you see why we didn’t sit outside as we would usually do.

All that are able, will meet here again after our Reunion Dinner at a Hotel… on the following day… Dressy to casual … Take your pick…one or both…I liked that!… Options are good!

Peggy couldn’t make our little get together… due to her husband being ill We missed her!… Georgia came, but her husband had to work … Life goes on even if we do want all to attend… maybe another day… Leslie and her husband live in Winchester, KY… and drove down to be with us… They have children that still live here in Louisville…so they would get to see them later… Dorothy… our planner… and her husband came of course… We live in the south end  as we call it…and yes my husband and I came…

There were hugs and kisses …lots of talk and memories shared… of the past and present… No one recognized Leslie until she talked… She would get the “Most Changed” Award … Dorothy , we think has stayed true to herself in looks and mannerisms…We love that!… She would get the “Remain the Same” Award … Peggy wasn’t there… has changed a lot also… and, is still the same sweet person we remember her as… She would have to get the “Sweetest/Caring” Award … Georgia is still her little independent self and is our philosopher... I just love listening to her stories and watching her expressions… She would have to get the “Most Expressive” Award …and then there comes me… I know how I’ve changed… I used to be the quietest/shyest and would have received that award way back then… but, now “I Love Me” as our aerobic instructor tells us to say to ourselves… so I’m quite the “Chatterbox” and this will be my award to myself … I can always come up with an opinion and an answer… Just ask me!

Our husbands enjoyed themselves it seems by all the chatter coming from their end of the table… and of course us girls could go on forever…

It’s so nice to be able to reconnect after 20 years for some of us… and just pick up like it was yesterday… I call that true friendship

Peggy, Dorothy, Leslie, Georgia, Marilyn…

We plan on making this an annual little reunion… and Mike Lennig’s can remain the spot… It was “just right”

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Hands”

Poppy using his hands to hold his Grandson…

Hands that will always be there to hold, protect, help and guide

Granddaughter’s hands holding her Birthday Cupcake… Hands that will hold many more cupcakes in the coming years…

Great-niece and daughter’s hands

A mother’s hand that will hold her daughter’s through many experiences in her life…

 

“GIVE AWAY”… What You Have

Does it make you feel good to help someone? …I bet it does…My cousin in Illinois said that a lady thanked her for doing something nice for her…her answer back was, “Don’t thank me… I should thank you… because it made me feel so good” … That’s the best way I’ve ever heard it said… Evidently we have in our power to make ourselves feel good …but, do we use it? …I find you don’t always have to have a lot to feel this joy…and maybe it’s when you are at your lowest  that it feels even better … I see so many in the need of a hug , a smile , a kind word…and to give these things is free! … This is a way of helping… I believe people think it’s got to be monetary all the time… Of course that’s what we are bombarded with…GIVE…GIVE…GIVE … and it can make you feel bad that you don’t have it…$$$…to GIVE… So I suggest that you look around and find the things you do have to givea handshake … a few minutes to listen … a piece of something you baked … a funny joke … a pat on the back… We all have SOMETHING to GIVE… just find it and give it away!

“My Kids!”…

If anyone tells me how patient I was with our Special Ed Kids … I say, “It was easy”… If anyone asks me how I could have worked with Special Kids for 30 years?…I say, “It was easy” … If anyone tells me, “I couldn’t do that…work with those type of children” … I say, “It was easy… and you would have learned to love them as I did”… If I was told how “Special” I was to help those children with so many different types of disabilities and needs … I would say, ” They were the ones who were so Special… and it was easy to love kids  that gave me something every day”… They seemed to have found the secret … the power… That to GIVE makes smiles on their faces  and joy in their hearts… and they gave a lot!